Impact Of Slavery In The American Colonies

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Before we get into the main topic I feel a little background is always good. In the American colonies Virginia was the first colony to have slaves in 1619. They were first treated as indentured servants still able to get their freedom after their work, some even once freed had their own indentured servants such as Anthony Johnson. The black population increased over the years; in 1625 they only had 23 slaves, in 1649 they only had 300, and in 1690 they had 950 slaves in Virginia. New England was next to have slaves and the were only slaves if they had one of the three requirements; they had to be captives of war, they sold themselves into slavery/ or the government sentenced them to slavery. In New England they were called “Strangers”. New …show more content…
In the Midwest, Mississippi River, and Louisiana slaves worked mainly in farms and mining no matter the gender. In the mid 18th century they were one third the population. The French first enslaved Native Americans and Africans were bought in the early 18th century as an effort to develop a colony. When England Economy started to go up less and less indentured servants wanted to come over here and so slaves started costing more than indentured servants; only allowing the rich to have slaves. Northern slaves generally lived/worked/roamed in towns unlike the south were they were mainly only in fields and mines. A lot of slaves ran south to Spain, which is now Florida, to become free, they only had to become Spanish and become part of the church. In the beginning of the anti-slavery movement no one one spoke out against slavery even the quakers until the mid 18th century. But in 1688 four German Quakers wrote a petition against slavery but was ignored for 150 years. In 1844 the main Quaker concern was slavery and they were slowly bringing it to everyone else 's attention. This was the first American document of its kind to protest …show more content…
In the military blacks did not have more equality they were still treated as slaves, even in the north, but they did all from infantry to being cooks. The south did not want blacks to join the military because they feared a rebellion if they got weapons, in doing so not many blacks did not fight in the Civil war initially, but later once the south saw they were losing the war they created the Confederate States Colored Troops allowing blacks to join the war. Throughout the Civil War sixteen medals of honor went to blacks and fourteen metal of honors went to blacks for the battle of New Market

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